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irqbalance 2019

Postby khz » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:07 am

I'm using the https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1082/cpufreq/ tool and that doesn't want irqbalance.
Disabling the irqbalance daemon >> https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux_for_real_time/7/html/tuning_guide/interrupt_and_process_binding

Did you turn off irqbalance?

I have also already suggested whether this could be included in the wiki https://linuxmusicians.com/viewtopic.php?p=104022#p104022.
Since the article of RedHat is from 2011 I wanted to ask if this is outdated.

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QUOTE from documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux_for_real_time/7/html/tuning_guide/interrupt_and_process_binding
2.4. Interrupt and Process Binding
Real-time environments need to minimize or eliminate latency when responding to various events. Ideally, interrupts (IRQs) and user processes can be isolated from one another on different dedicated CPUs.
Interrupts are generally shared evenly between CPUs. This can delay interrupt processing through having to write new data and instruction caches, and often creates conflicts with other processing occurring on the CPU. In order to overcome this problem, time-critical interrupts and processes can be dedicated to a CPU (or a range of CPUs). In this way, the code and data structures needed to process this interrupt will have the highest possible likelihood to be in the processor data and instruction caches. The dedicated process can then run as quickly as possible, while all other non-time-critical processes run on the remainder of the CPUs. This can be particularly important in cases where the speeds involved are in the limits of memory and peripheral bus bandwidth available. Here, any wait for memory to be fetched into processor caches will have a noticeable impact in overall processing time and determinism.
In practice, optimal performance is entirely application specific. For example, in tuning applications for different companies which perform similar functions, the optimal performance tunings were completely different. For one firm, isolating 2 out of 4 CPUs for operating system functions and interrupt handling and dedicating the remaining 2 CPUs purely for application handling was optimal. For another firm, binding the network related application processes onto a CPU which was handling the network device driver interrupt yielded optimal determinism. Ultimately, tuning is often accomplished by trying a variety of settings to discover what works best for your organization.
Important

For many of the processes described here, you will need to know the CPU mask for a given CPU or range of CPUs. The CPU mask is typically represented as a 32-bit bitmask. It can also be expressed as a decimal or hexadecimal number, depending on the command you are using. For example: The CPU mask for CPU 0 only is 00000000000000000000000000000001 as a bitmask, 1 as a decimal, and 0x00000001 as a hexadecimal. The CPU mask for both CPU 0 and 1 is 00000000000000000000000000000011 as a bitmask, 3 as a decimal, and 0x00000003 as a hexadecimal.

Procedure 2.3. Disabling the irqbalance Daemon

This daemon is enabled by default and periodically forces interrupts to be handled by CPUs in an even, fair manner. However in real-time deployments, applications are typically dedicated and bound to specific CPUs, so the irqbalance daemon is not required.

Check the status of the irqbalance daemon.
~]# systemctl status irqbalance
irqbalance.service - irqbalance daemon
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/irqbalance.service; enabled)
Active: active (running) …

If the irqbalance daemon is running, stop it.
~]# systemctl stop irqbalance
Ensure that irqbalance does not restart on boot.
~]# systemctl disable irqbalance

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